Donald Trump’s Useful Idiots

The people of America were overwhelmingly told that Clinton was the only acceptable and experienced enough candidate to become President, despite this, Donald Trump is now the President of the United States of America. Insane! Up until a couple of weeks ago I would have told you that Clinton was going to become the next…

Lesser Evilism Only Fuels the Growth of the Right Wing

In this time of global political and economic crisis, calls to support the ‘least bad’ candidate are becoming a staple of political debate on both sides of the Atlantic. After Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate in order to keep Donald Trump from power, left wing figures such as Owen…

Open University – Open to Who?

The Open University until recently offered affordable part-time correspondence courses at degree level, but has been subject to the same changes in funding as traditional brick universities. In fact, it had an even bigger hike in fees. In 2012, the cost of a 60-credit module – a sixth of an Open undergraduate degree – rose…

Owen Jones Now Supporting Hillary Clinton

Owen Jones has demonstrated once again how little understanding he has of the social and political forces currently at work by calling for Sanders supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton. He writes: Undoubtedly, the vast majority of Sanders’ supporters will vote for Hillary Clinton, despite a media focus on those pledging to do otherwise. Yes,…

Statement from Leicester Socialist Students on the UCU Strike

This week, the UCU trade union (representing academic and related workers, including many students who teach as postgrads) will be taking industrial action for fairer pay in higher education. They will be on strike at universities across the country on 25th-26th May, and at the same time beginning to ‘work to rule’, which means they will…

Leicester Makes Short Shrift of Britain First

Like much of the East Midlands, Leicester is well known for its multi-ethnic communities. Narborough Road, for instance, has recently been named as one of the most multicultural streets in the country. It is perhaps for this reason above all that the vile right wing organisation Britain First thought that their ideas might resonate here….

Why Sadiq Khan’t Stop Supporting the 1%

The last couple of weeks have been tumultuous for the Labour Party, to say the least. Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message has made significant gains at the polls, despite the best efforts of Labour right wingers to smear the left of party with accusations of anti-Semitism. One of the biggest wins for Labour was the election…

Why Cutting Culture Costs Us All

It is to my eternal disgust that the budget for the arts is being continually cut and filed down, as they are not considered as useful, as “proper”, as other subjects, such as maths and science, by our ‘charming’ government. Also, less and less importance is being placed on learning English (as in literature and…

Workers and Students Unite, Fight, and Win

Anyone who has ever been employed on a zero-hour contract will understand that it is not a very reliable source of income. It is also not a coincidence that people employed on these contracts are often paid the national minimum wage. Those relying on such jobs find it difficult to support a single individual, let…

Trident is a White Elephant

Originally posted on Andrew Walton's Blog:
The term “white elephant” comes from the 19th century. Kings of Thailand would bequest albino white elephants to courtiers who displeased them. The albino elephants were protected, they could not be used for labour or destroyed. Trident nuclear submarines are a white elephant – ridiculously expensive, outdated and…